Executive Director


Hélène Frost

Chief Executive

Hélène has more than two decades of experience in up-scaling medical charities and not-for-profits in developing world settings. Hélène has served as Chief Executive of several UK-based children’s medical and Christian international charities that work with disadvantaged children. Previously she was the Managing Director of HF Charity Consultants, advising and supporting charity trustees on strategic development and income generation.

Board of Trustees


John O’Dowd


John is a reconstructive spinal surgeon based in London and Hampshire. Most of his referral base is complex secondary and tertiary spinal problems. He is a recognised opinion leader and professional medical expert.

John is the Founder and Director of Education Worldwide of AO Spine Foundation based in Switzerland, the largest representative spinal organisation in the world with over 13,000 members. John has chaired and set up courses, lectured and organised educational networks worldwide.

In the business sector John has a passion for start-up businesses as a means to solving healthcare and healthcare technology problems. His business interests range across multidisciplinary rehabilitation through to medical practice management and pure information technology businesses.


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Chris Lavy


Chris Lavy is Professor of Orthopaedic and Tropical Surgery at the University of Oxford, England and also Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  He is a fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, and a trustee and council member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Chris was trained at University College London and St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, with further training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and in Oxford, Norwich, Bath, Paris, and Cape Town.

His first consultant post was at the Middlesex Hospital in London, but in 1996 he moved to Malawi to work with Christoffelblinden mission (CBM).  He has worked for over 12 years in Africa.  Chris had the vision for, and raised the funds for the Beit CURE orthopaedic hospitals in Malawi and Zambia, and is working on a sister hospital in Zimbabwe.

Chris is committed to surgical training and research in sub-Saharan Africa.  He was a founding council member of the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) in 1999, and continues this work with the COOL project (COSECSA Oxford Orthopaedic Link).  He is a commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.

Chris holds BSc, MBBS and MD degrees from the University of London, an MCh from the University of Liverpool, and fellowships in surgery from COSECSA and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.  He was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2007 for services to international orthopaedics.


Marquess of Reading


Simon Reading runs a business advisory service. He has been personally involved with the work of CURE for 8 years and has visited the hospitals in Afghanistan, UAE and Kenya.


Richard Stone


Richard is semi-retired but busier than ever. Until 1998, he was deputy Chairman of Coopers and Lybrand and then served as a member of the global board of Price Waterhouse Coopers– 1998-2000. Richard is the Chairman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass. He is a committed Christian. He enjoys ballet, opera, golf, wine and travel.

Alan Bell

Alan Bell


Alan Bell has two main foci of interest – the relief of poverty (including health and education) and Israel-Palestine. Within CURE, he has a particular desire to see the establishment of the planned children’s hospital. His career has been in investment management.


Verona Beckles


Verona Beckles MSc FRCS (ED) is a Senior Registrar in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in London. She has spent a year working in the Malawi CURE hospital.


Rosemary Livingstone


Rosemary Livingstone is a floral designer based in Central London. A committed Christian with a Jewish background, she is driven to care for the health and development of children and women.

Born into a farming family in Zimbabwe, Rosemary’s primary education was in Luzaka, Zambia prior to attending boarding school in Gwelo (now known as Gweru). Rosemary relocated to Scotland to complete her senior education before studying and working in the nursing profession.

Rosemary was widowed in 1999 and moved into design once their son, Michael, was settled at senior school. Rosemary loves to share her passion for creative ideas and regularly holds Master classes across London.

Rosemary has a vibrant personality and a willingness to immerse herself into a cultural environment.  This has resulted in her being involved in a variety of projects over the years working with disadvantaged children including those in orphanages in Soweto. The work of CURE is very close to her heart.

CURE UK Policies

CURE UK is committed to putting the children whom we serve at the centre of what we do. In order to do this in the best possible way, CURE UK has developed the following policies:

CURE UK – Global Child Protection Policy May 2015
CURE UK – Equal Opportunities Policy May 2013
CURE UK – Data Protection Policy 2013
CURE UK – Child Protection Policy May 2013